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ABCD Institute Summer 2021 Virtual Training Workshop​

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The ABCD Institute is excited to present a  dynamic 18-hour workshop introducing the core principles and applications of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) in the context of local communities. Presentations and discussions will occur in light of current conversations about equity and social justice and will enable participants to think deeper about responses to these challenges.

When: August 17, August 24  September 7 and September 14, 2021
9:00 am – 2:00 pm CST each day. 
This course will meet over four Tuesdays with a break between the 3rd and 4th sessions.

Where: This will be a virtual training via Zoom. 

Who should sign up: People who seek an introduction to or refresher of ABCD in the context of communities of identity and place and want to know:

  • How can my organization more actively support the concerns and efforts of local people?
  • How does a community move toward a wider circle of people working together to realize goals? 
  • How do I make ABCD work in my neighborhood?

The course will be led by three experienced ABCD Stewards affiliated with the ABCD Institute at DePaul University – Darryl Answer, Seva Gandhi and Brianne Peters.  The Co-Founder of the ABCD Institute, John McKnight, will also make a guest presentation. Register now to hold your space!
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